Success! Moat Boat Paddle Battle at Maker Faire Bay Area

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The Moat Boat Paddle Battle at Maker Faire Bay Area was a huge success, thanks to the hard work, prep and testing of Ocean State Maker Mill members, pre-show articles and at-show prep from Make:, awesome sponsorship and generous donations from SeeMeCNC, and the help of several amazing friends to photograph, maintain crowd control and keep the racing troughs in tip top shape!

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With two divisions – Youth and Open Class – and 26 total racer entries, competition was fast and furious!  Youth Class first prize winners with their paddleboat “Booooat” went home with a SeeMeCNC Orion 3D printer, while the winner of the Open Class with boat “Zippercraft” went home with a SeeMeCNC Rostock Max kit.

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Be sure to check out our Facebook photo album for more action shots, and stay tuned for further announcements as we work to roll the Moat Boat Paddle Battle to future Maker Faires!  The Moat Boat Paddle Battle was lucky enough to receive TWO Editor’s Choice Awards from Make – onward and upward from here!

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Huge thanks to friends of Ocean State Maker Mill:  Kacie Hultgren, Matt Griffin, HackPittsburgh’s Chris Yohe, and Tom and Holly Burtonwood – all key players in helping Matt & Mandy Stultz of Ocean State Maker Mill keep the race crowds in check at the faire!

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Moat Boat Paddle Battle Prizes Announced!

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We know you’ve been waiting – and here’s the announcement!  Awesome prizes abound for the winners of the Moat Boat Paddle Battle – have you entered yet?  If not, enter here!  Remember, we can’t accept walkups the day of the event – you MUST pre-register!

Both Youth Category (Youth Closed 12 and Under and Youth Closed 13 to 18) winners will receive a SeeMeCNC Orion Delta Printer – with a heated build surface, multi-material capability, and stand-alone printing functionality!

If you’ve signed up for more adventures on the “high seas” with the Open Class, your prize offers more adventure as well!  The winner of the Open Class will receive a SeeMeCNC Rostock Max kit for at-home build fun!

For allllll of the details:

Rules to follow: General Rules

Download paddleboat templates to get your inspiration flowing: Sample Boats

Enter now: Entry Form

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle is brought to you (and Maker Faire Bay Area) by the awesome folks at SeeMeCNC, Make and of course Ocean State Maker Mill!

We’ll see you at the starting line!

Moat Boat Paddle Battle!

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Dunnn dunnnn dunnnn daaaa daaaaaa!   Have you heard?  Maybe you saw it on the Make Blog, maybe you were lucky enough to stumble onto the top secret web site, maybe you’ve been hanging out with us at Ocean State Maker Mill and were in from the beginning.

But maybe, just maybe, you haven’t heard about the awesomeness of the Moat Boat Paddle Battle.  In that case, here’s the scoop!

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle (MBPB) is a new competition coming to Maker Faire Bay Area, on May 16th & 17th.  Contestants (could be you!) will race their own 3D printed paddle boats against others, drag-race style!  Boats can be of your very own design, or you can use one of our sample boats.

Not sure what these paddleboats look like?  Our intro video shows you the scoop.

Hope to see you there for the competition!  Be sure to enter ahead of time to participate – sorry we won’t be able to accept walkups.  Prizes will be announced soon, and they’re going to be AWESOME!

The Moat Boat Paddle Battle is brought to you by Ocean State Maker Mill, Make and the rad folks at SeeMeCNC!

Robot Block Party

Robot Block Party

Robot Block Party is today (Saturday, April 11) at Brown University!  We’re busy setting up this morning to show off some of our 3d printers and 3d printed projects.  Stop by the 3DPPVD / Ocean State Maker Mill booth and say hello!  We’ll be at the ready to answer any questions you may have on 3d printing in general, 3d printers, 3d printing materials, 3d design software, and 3d printed projects.

Hope to see you there!

For more info:

Arduino Day 2015 at OSMM, 3/28 @ 1:00



Join Ocean State Maker Mill for an Arduino Day Open House!

Come see demos of various member-made Arduino projects and other Arduino-related technologies.  Find out more about Arduinos and how to use them, brainstorm project ideas, or ask questions to jump start your own projects or get past a tough point.

We’ll see you Saturday, 3/28 from 1:00 to 5:00 at 80 Fountain Street, #318,  Pawtucket RI.

FirstBuild Countertop Challenge!

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Ocean State Maker Mill’s very own Kurt Hamel is in the running for the FirstBuild Countertop Challenge with his micro-BLOCK!

The ‘micro-BLOCK’ is a tribute to the micro-KITCHEN and offers an organized, compact, and aesthetic way to keep your most important cooking and baking instruments easily accessible right on the countertop.

Download the files to print your own, and if you think it’s amazing, cast your vote for Kurt’s micro-BLOCK to win at

Spring Has Sprung – Let the Events Begin!

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* Photo courtesy Kurt Hamel

The first day of Spring brought us snow… but never fear, rainbows AND maker events are on the way!  Here’s a quick list of upcoming events – either hosted by Ocean State Maker Mill, or where you can find and meet OSMM team members!

* March 20 – 22: Midwest RepRap Festival – Our very own Matt Stultz is in attendance, see if you can find him in the crowd to pick his brain!

* March 28: Arduino Day – stop by the OSMM workshop for an Arduino-inspired open house!  Meet OSMM members and see projects utilizing Arduinos.  Find out how to get started on your own Arduino projects.

* April 8: 3DPPVD and OSMM host a ColorFabb and 3D Hubs Workshop – Learn more about ColorFabb 3D Printing filaments – including their new carbon fiber filament.  Find out best practices and use with FDM printers.  Purchase a ticket to receive a ColorFabb sample pack!

* April 11: Robot Block Party – Stop by the OSMM booth to meet team members, see cool projects, and talk shop!

* May 2 – 3: Printrbot Build Party!  We’ll have a very limited number of tickets available for a group Printrbot Metal Simple build.  Saturday, build your new Printrbot, Sunday learn to use it!  Stay tuned for additional info

* May 15 – 17: Maker Faire Bay Area – OSMM is teaming up with Make for an exciting event you’ll want to “race” to!  Fire up those rubberband engines…

* September 26 – 27: Maker Faire New York – plans are still in early stages, but expect a crew!

We hope to see you soon!

Have you seen the PonyTrope?

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Ocean State Maker Mill member Kelly Egan’s PonyTrope is a Thingiverse Featured item today!  Maybe you saw it in action at World Maker Faire NYC in September?

Kelly’s 3D Zoetrope uses 3D models and a strobe light to replace 2D image frames and a cylinder with slits.

Download the 3D model files to make your very own PonyTrope from Thingiverse, or check out the full writeup and video in action on Kelly’s site.

What is Going On Here?


What, indeed?

Curious about Ocean State Maker Mill, but not sure when the best time would be to come check out the space? Want to make sure to come during an event so you can meet tons of cool people? Interested in meetups and classes?

Check out our shiny new calendar by clicking the “What’s Going On?” button in the upper right.  We’ll list everything we’re up to, as soon as we know we’re up to it!

We’re in class-planning stage now, so please stay tuned for more updates.